Springfield, Mo. – Emporia State won two do or die games to earn the MIAA Baseball Tournament Championship and the MIAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets took game one 3-2 before winning game three by a 6-0 tally.
In game one Price Jacobs was two for three with a run scored and a run driven in. Jordan Hodges and Dean Long also drove in runs for the Hornets in the game. For the Griffons Ryan Degner was two for five with a run scored and a run driven in.
On the mound Brenton Higgins pitched 2.1 innings of relief to earn the win and Shawn Talkington pitched two innings of hitless baseball to earn the save.
In the second game Emporia State got three runs in the third inning and would not look back. At the plate Jacobs hit a solo home run going two for five with two runs scored. Dean Long was two for three scoring a run and driving one in while Aaron Gile went two for four and drove in a run.
On the mound just one day after throwing a complete game Jarrod Miller pitching four innings of two hit baseball. He would be relieved by Matt Hinkley who pitched three innings of scoreless baseball to earn his second win of the season.
The Hornets will earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament which begins with the Central Regional on May 15.